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Community Power Night at Keaau High School

Teens, parents, and families are invited to the Community Power Night on Friday, January 17, 2014, 5:45pm to 8pm at Keaau High School cafeteria.

Keaau High School

The free event will feature a workshop to educate and empower teens to identify positive choices to prevent underage drinking and use of drugs. Big Island Substance Abuse Council will lead this informative and interactive workshop.

For parents, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will lead the “Power of Parent, It’s Your Influence” Workshop. This workshop will provide parents with information and resources to talk to their teens about alcohol and making good choices.

Native FM’s Gumby will emcee and the guest speaker is Louise Fincher, trauma nurse at Hilo Medical Center.

In addition the event will offer a keiki zone with fun games & activities, skit with MADD Man & Beer Man, performance by Center Stage Dance Studio, free dinner, and door prizes.

Enter for a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and a GoPro camera.

We would like to thank the following community partners: Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC), Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, Hawaii Meth Project, Hilo Medical Center, HOPE Services Hawaii, Keaau High School, Ken’s Towing, Living Waters, MADD, Neighborhood Place of Puna, Men of Pa’a, Office of Council Member Greggor Ilagan, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Thank you to the following for their generous donations: Hilton Waikoloa Village, Center Stage Dance Studio, HFS Federal Credit Union, Café 100, McDonalds, Island Princess.

Saturday – 2nd Annual Kipimana Cup

W.H. Shipman, Ltd., (WHS) in concert with Keaau and Kamehameha-Hawaii High Schools will kick off the 2nd annual Kipimana Cup Saturday, August 25, to support Keaau area high school athletics.

The Kipimana Cup

The cup will be presented to the winner of a goodwill football game between Kamehameha and Keaau High Schools at Kamehameha’s home field. The JV game starts at 1 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

“Last year’s games were a huge success,” said Bill Walter, president of WHS.  “I enjoy seeing the team camaraderie and community members coming together to celebrate the area with a friendly game of football.  W.H. Shipman is proud to be a longstanding part of Keaau–a truly great place to live and work.”

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus opened on former WHS land in 2001 and serves approximately 1,120 keiki, grades K-12, and their familes from Waimea to Waiohinu.  Keaau High School serves approximately 950 keiki in grades 9-12 and their families.  It opened in 1998 on land that was also once owned by the WHS Estate.

“Kipimana” is how Hawaiians referred to WHS more than 100 years ago, and the name is used today as a street name in the Keaau area.

WHS will award $500 to the booster club of each school.  Last year, Kamehameha Schools won bragging rights and the inaugural Kipimana Cup over Keaau with a final score of 36-21.

WHS, part of the East Hawaii business community for 130 years, has 17,000 acres in the Puna District and is engaged in agriculture and commercial/ industrial development and leasing.  As a land steward, the company holds a long range-view to sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.

NFL Players Coming to the Big Island for Youth Clinics – 2011 NFL Pro Bowl Youth Clinics

Media Release:

On Tuesday, January 25th 2011 NFL Football Players and NFL Cheerleaders will be holding Youth Clinics for Hawaii Island students at Kealakehe High School from 3:00–5:30 PM and Wednesday, January 26th 2011, at Keaau High School from 3:00–5:30 PM.  Players and cheerleaders will also be visiting local schools for assemblies before the clinics. The NFL Pro Bowl Youth Clinics, now in its ninth year, is focused on motivating our youth to realize their dreams and to maximize their potential.

In the past years, players and cheerleaders from the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks have come to the Big Island, to present our children with inspirational messages and positive skills training.  The 2-hour clinic will feature a variety of hands-on skills and techniques for both boys and girls.

“Seeing the smiles, the excitement, and the joy on the faces of the kids – its quite an honor to be part of such a positive and inspirational event”, said Mayor Billy Kenoi, Pro Bowl Ohana Committee Member, “I cannot thank the NFL, Nat Moore, the Pro Bowl Ohana Committee, and our volunteers enough for making this event possible – each year we involve more students on Hawaii Island – we now get to involve over 700 of our youth Island wide – our kids will remember this for the rest of their lives!”

All youth participants will also receive an NFL Pro Bowl T-shirt that will be autographed by each player and an NFL Pro Bowl sling backpack.  The public and youth not signed up for the program are welcome to attend the event.  Youth participants are selected by their respective school, however, every year there are open slots that need to be filled.  Youth who are accompanied by a parent may be able to participate if there are any open slots prior to the beginning of the clinic on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please contact Alicia Omelau at 430-8241.

Tazer Incident at Keaau High School… My Thoughts

The Department of Education, the board overseeing the state’s schools and local police are doing separate investigations into an affray Tuesday at Keaau High School that led to the arrest of six students and one 17-year-old student being subdued with a Taser.

So the police tazered a kid at Keaau High School and it seems like many people are blaming many different reasons for what went down at the school.  Only those that were present know what went down so speculating what should and shouldn’t have been done is kind of useless.

Former Waiakea faculty member Brian Jordan thinks having more male role models would help:

…Students with severe discipline problems need to be in a school with MORE MALE ROLE MODELS…

…The lack of male teachers causes a security risk. These kids are BIG. Many are violent from years of neglect and all manner of abuse (physical, sexual,substance). The first thing that needs to happen is the old school complex needs to be a mostly male teacher campus…

I don’t know what the percentage of male to female faculty members are at the High School, but, at the Middle School, the staff is about 50-50 Male to Female.

It’s not the DOE’s fault that many MEN do not choose to go into the education field. I think it’s Society’s fault for not putting the value in teachers in general. If teachers were more respected, meaning higher pay, more authority, and less restrictions on what they can and cannot teach… the whole learning environment would be much better.

Right now with the NCLB act mandating that public schools be taught in such a structured format, many kids that go to them just can’t stand the format… and literally become a problem because they are bored at school. Most of the trouble that I see first hand at the “Feeder School” to the High School, stems from attitude problems that have nothing to do with the teachers at the school… It’s the system that the kids are in. The whole DOE needs a complete overall from top to bottom.

When will Hawaii wake up and realize that we are still one of the few States in America that still has a Statewide governance of the School System instead of local school boards?

Do you really think that Board of Education sitting over there on Oahu knows what kind of problems Big Island families face compared to Oahu?  I don’t know…

…Police say the use of the stun gun on the student was appropriate. But some parents and at least one Board of Education member are questioning the use of force.

“I’m having one of my staff analysts investigate how often this (stun gun) is being done. We want to get to the bottom of this,” said BOE member Mary Cochran.

“If this kid engaged in activity violent enough to warrant the use of a Taser, I don’t know. That’s what we’re trying to find out,” Cochran said…

I constantly am amazed at just how big some of these Middle School Students are.  I have students that are much bigger then me, and I’m almost 6 feet tall.  These are only 6th-8th graders mind you… not High School students.

I’ll say it once more for clarification… it’s not the schools/teachers/faculties  fault most of the times when problems do arise at schools… It’s the system.

All the way from the Governance of the Schools, to the way parents are raising their children.

Some people are blaming it all on the parents as well… and I do think there is a bit more merit in blaming the parents for what happens at the school.  As we all know, education begins at home.

I just have one question… I believe some of the Honolulu  Tazer guns have a camera installed on them so that anytime a gun is used, there is a video of the incident.

Does anyone know if Big Island’s cops have this device on their Tazers?  It would be interesting to see a video of the actual incident.

Here is an example of those guns:


Shipman Contributes to Kea’au High School Wrestling Team and Grad Night as well as the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce

Media Release

W. H. Shipman, Ltd. recently made contributions to Kea‘au High School for its wrestling team and graduation night programs; WHS also provided support to the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce to support education and legislative activities.

A kama‘aina family-owned company established in 1882, WHS has a history of community involvement.

WHS stepped in when Kea‘au High’s wrestling team was short $600 to cover its trip to the state Wrestling Tournament, held on
O‘ahu. The company also gave the school $1,000 toward the graduation night event that provides a safe celebration.

“Kea‘au schools are part of our immediate community and we believe businesses and residents should support them, through financial help attending events and participating in school councils or other ways. Each of us has a responsibility to educating our community’s youth,” said William Walter, WHS president.

“We also gave the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce $2,000 to support programs, particularly ones that help business ride this economic wave we’re on,” he added. “We need to stick together to keep East Hawai‘i as strong as possible.”

W.H. Shipman has 17,000 acres in the Puna District and is engaged in agriculture and commercial/industrial development and leasing.

As a land steward, the company holds a long range-view to sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.

Keaau High School Wins State’s Consumer Competition

For the third year in a row, Keaau High School won the state title for the 5th annual LifeSmarts consumer education competition, which was held today at the State Capitol Auditorium. The game-show style competition tested students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities…
The members of the winning team, Keaau Mixed Plate, are: Riana Brown, Joseph Heck, Ricky William Tabandera, and Teleise Tino. The team was coached by Kathlynn Tabandera and Serena Fujikawa. The team may go on to represent Hawai‘i at the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 25 – 28. A total of 13 schools from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island participated in this year’s competition…

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